Teacher Examinations & Membership

Benefits of Membership with the
Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method)

  • Syllabus designed for the current needs of today’s dance environment
  • Participation in an internationally recognized teaching method
  • Feedback to assist ongoing development of students and teachers
  • Creative input into the art and practice of ballet
  • Recognized professional certification
  • Annual seminars for professional development
  • A resource network for teachers and dance schools
  • Inclusion of your personal contact information on the Society’s website database for member teachers
  • Inclusion of your studio’s web address on the Society’s website database for members who are studio owners
  • Job postings and/or career opportunities

Teacher Examinations and Membership

There are five levels of teacher certification: Affiliate, Student Teacher-in-Training, Associate, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level of certification requires different qualifications and experience. Teachers must purchase the appropriate syllabus prior to taking their certification examination. Once certification and membership is obtained syllabus updates are provided to teachers free of charge. Teachers must have certification from the Society of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method) in order to submit their students for examinations.

A unique feature to the Society is our Affiliate Teacher membership. This is a one to three-year introductory membership for practicing teachers who have not taken examinations with the Society as student dancers. Drawing upon previous teaching experience, Affiliate members are given up to three years to familiarize themselves with our syllabi and styling, and to successfully enter students for examinations. At the end of this introductory period they are invited to take their Associate examination.

Levels of Teacher Examination & Certification


Please contact the Society’s office for further information about our programs and membership.

The basic characteristic of classical ballet is built on croisé and effacé.  It is from croisé and effacé that the richness of forms is drawn. – Agrippina Vaganova from Basic Principles of Classical Ballet page 21